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For Williamstown’s three seniors, their final season wasn’t as successful as they had hoped, but they are still taking away fond memories of their time wearing the orange and black.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Melissa Snow, who has played for two years, said. “This year has been about adjusting, but I’ve gone to Williamstown my whole life, so I still take it as an honor to represent my school.”
“I’m going to miss being part of the game,” Miranda Snow, who has also played for two years, said. “To me, playing for Williamstown means representing Williamstown and I wear my jersey to show I’m proud of my school and I want to do my best.”
“I’m going to miss bonding with the girls,” Amanda Goodrich, who has played for five years, said.
“They’ve all displayed leadership and have helped the other girls realize that senior seasons are the final chance to represent Williamstown and that they have to give everything,” coach Kim Anglin said.
As seniors, they were expected to help lead the team with a new head coach and each senior did their best to help the team do their best.
“Sometimes, there’s a lot of pressure being a senior because the girls are looking up to you for advice,” Miranda said. “But most times, it’s fun to be a senior because you do have people looking up to you.”
“It takes a lot to be a leader,” Goodrich said. “You always have the younger players watching what you do, so you have to make sure you’re a good role model. But at the same time, you have to make sure you don’t step over that line and become a boss and someone they hate being around.”
“This year, I’ve learned the amount of dedication it takes to be great,” Melissa said. “I kind of wish I wasn’t a senior because I feel like I have so much more to give, but as a senior, I feel like I did give everything I have.”
Some of their fondest memories aren’t of a win or of an award, but of time spent with their teammates.
“For me, it was probably when I first got to step up and play varsity my eighth grade year,” Goodrich said. “Coach Justin Cason had me serve. It was so exciting to step up to a completely different level. You had to stay focused and do your best at all times. Before that, I had practiced with the varsity a little and it improved me a lot. I brought that back to middle school and it was a lot of fun too.”
“Bus rides are a favorite memory,” Miranda said. “That’s when we came together.”
“The blocks I’ve had and spending time with the other girls are some of my favorite times,” Melissa said. “I’m going to miss several girls on the team. Chelsea Fitterer and Taylor Eldridge became my best friends through volleyball.”
Looking to continue helping their younger teammates, the three seniors have advice they would like to share.
“No matter what, keep your head up at all times,” Miranda said. “Cheer up your teammates. Learn how to take advice.”
“Play with energy and play as a team,” Melissa said. “I wish the girls good luck next year.”
“It takes a much deeper level of mentality to become a leader,” Goodrich said. “Play smart and set a good example for younger players.”